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e-Message Boards

The e-Message Boards are media for disseminating public service announcements to the people of Delta State and members of the online community. The initiative is designed to facilitate the creation of awareness to the people about ongoing programs and policies currently being undertaken by the Government.

The platform is also open to community focus groups and institutions who wish to pass across specific information of a general nature for FREE to their members and other residents of the state.

To make use of this facility, simply send the announcement to be publicized via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and it will be posted on our website and social media pages within 48 hours.

NB: This service only applies to announcements that are non-commercial in origin. Any announcement deemed to be made for material gain rather than the general dissemination of information for public consumption will not be posted.

Delta in the News

This feature exists on the Delta State website to give a 360 degree view on the events and happenings in Delta state as recorded both by the government press team as well as external sources.

Articles, literary pieces and other write-ups concerning Delta State from various online sources are aggregated and published to give an objective view of how the activities of the State Government and its people are viewed outside the confines of the state.

Therefore, to keep abreast of what is considered news worthy in Delta State, described from a fresh and unbiased perspective, Delta in the News is the resource of choice.

Local Skills Corner

This initiative is designed to contribute towards human capital development by promoting skill acquisition among the online community.

It involves a showcase of local skills practiced in different parts of Nigeria, which can be easily learnt by indigenes to improve their quality of life and help supplement their income.

The skills are taught using an easy to understand stepwise approach, which allows for a better understanding of the underlying processes. Learning materials are also be downloadable as an available source of reference offline.

Below are the Local Skills done!

Making Pottery from Clay

How To Make Liquid Soap

How to make doughnut

How to Make Zobo Drinks

How to Tie and Dye a Shirt

How to Make a Picture frame Key Holder

How to make a paper bag

How to make a carton storage box shelf

 

Making Pottery from Clay

Clay is one of the most prized naturally occurring substances known to man, used for making flower vases, plates, jugs and other forms of pottery. It is made from soil particles, decomposed plant life and animals, which are filtered through rocks and sand, leaving silt to settle into beds of clay. These can generally be found in areas where streams or rivers once flowed.

Stage 1: Preparing the Clay
After clay has been collected, it will definitely will have few particles and stones, so it needs to be prepared to render it suitable for use. These are the steps taken in the preparation of clay:
I. Soak Clay in Water: You will need a bucket or any medium that can store water, soak the clay for 1 week maximum so that the clay will dissolve totally, (like water) and all stones and particles will be easy to remove.
II. Sieve the Clay: In this process, you will need a very light piece of fabric (cloth) and an empty bucket or whatever medium you prefer. Cover the empty bucket with the fabric (cloth) and pour the clay into the empty bucket, few bowls at a time. This will process will separate the clay from particles and stones.
III. Soak the New Clay: Now you will need to soak the clay in order for it to sum-up for 2 days before removing the water. (Careful, not to pour out the clay with the water). After the water removal, leave for 1 day more for it to solidify and then your clay is ready to use.

Stage 2: Molding the Clay
The earliest methods for molding clay into desired shapes (e.g bowls, jugs, boxes) was Hand Building which involved using only the hands and clay. This approach is still used today and is summarized in the following steps:
I. Clay Balling/Pinching: The clay is rolled into a ball on a hard, flat surface. The ball of clay is then pinched or pressed to form a bowl.
II. Clay Coiling: The clay is rolled into ropes or coils that are then wrapped in upward circles until the desired height is reached. The coils are then smoothed so that they are no longer distinct.
III. Clay Slab: A large ball of clay is flattened into a pancake-like slab. The slab is then cut into rectangles, which are attached together by moist clay, making the sides of a clay box. To make a bowl, the entire slab is placed over a round mold (base).

Stage 3: Drying the Clay
Having molded the clay into the desired shape, the next step is Drying. This involves leaving it in the sun or a cool dry place for at least 3 days before taking it for to the kiln for firing, afterwhich you have your finished molded clay masterpiece.

How To Make Liquid Soap

LOCAL SKILLS CORNER: HOW TO MAKE LIQUID SOUP
This initiative is designed to contribute towards human capital development by promoting skill acquisition among the online community.

It involves a showcase of local skills practiced in different parts of Nigeria, which can be easily learnt by indigenes to improve their quality of life and help supplement their income.

The skills are taught using an easy to understand stepwise approach, which allows for a better understanding of the underlying processes. This edition will be focusing on how to make liquid soap from scraps of soap.

The following are steps involved in making liquid soup:

  1. Collect soap scrap. You can make liquid soap from scrap soap you have around the house. Scrap soaps are little chunk/left over of soap.
  2. Make soap paste: With the use of a stove or gas cooker, pour water into a clean pot. As soon as the water boils, pour the scrap soap into the pot.
  3. Boil: For full dissolution of the mixture so as not to separate later, it is important that the paste be left to boil for 30minute.
  4. Stir: Stirring is an important part of this process. It is important to stir well from time to time to disintegrate the soap thoroughly.
  5. Add fragrance: Adding fragrance to the soap is not compulsory. It depends on the user. Fragrance makes the soap smell nice
  6. Liquid soap is ready.

Delta In The News

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